Sunday, January 20, 2002, my dad wrote the following e-mail to all of the family.
I hardly know how begin, so many good things have taken place in the last few months, beginning with Thanksgiving, my birthday, Advent Sundays, Christmas, New Years, and again today. God has surely been good to me and my family. I don’t know how folks make it without a loving, and caring Family. I love every one of you and it is evident that you each love me, THANKS. Please continue to pray for me, as I will for each of you, and let’s
keep on loving each other.
May the Lord bless all of you.
I love you. Bebop
My mom had died in April of 2001 and we had just been through our first holiday season without her. It was hard on all of us but particularly hard on dad. My mother had always made such a big deal over all holidays but from Halloween through New Year’s, the house changed every month with the theme of the month: October; Halloween, November; Thanksgiving, December; Christmas and January; New Year’s. Dad had worked hard to keep the traditions of family gatherings alive, but of course it was not like mom had
done it. Last year on dad’s 90th birthday, we gave him a big party, he said to me afterwards, “I feel like I just attended my own wake.”
This year my family will go through the holidays without my dad. Dad died almost ten years after my mom, he remarried a wonderful lady, Ruth Cash Neely, and they had nearly eight happy years together.
Today, November 14, 2011, would have been my dad’s 91st birthday. Christmas will be different without him, but I will still make the holidays Holy Days by spending time with those I love.
May we all be so blessed.